One trend we’ve been seeing a lot of lately is brides creating bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces out of objects other than flowers, and we can see why! The results can be stunning, unique, and more budget-friendly. You can make them or order them as ahead of time as you like. Best of all, they won’t wilt and you can keep them after the wedding as (gorgeous) keepsakes!

#1. Feathers. This lovely bouquet was created by Croska on Etsy.

#2. Wheat. We’re loving the wheat bouquet and boutonniere below, especially for a fall wedding. The boutonniere is from InStyle Weddings.

#3. Sola Flowers. These “flowers” would trick most people from a distance–they’re actually tapioca wood! The bouquets are from Brandon Kidd’s wedding, photographed by Jasmine Star. You can buy sola flowers here.

#4. Vintage Brooches. These lovely brooch bouquets by Fantasy Floral Design have been making their way around the wedding blog circuit. But even if you’ve already seen them, they’re worth seeing again! Photographed by Alice Hu.

#5. Clay. Made by dkdesignshawaii on Etsy, this bouquet composed of clay stephanotis flowers and Swarovski crystals is pretty realistic looking (not to mention beautiful)!

#6. Tissue paper. The flowers in the bouquet and centerpiece below are all made of tissue paper. Click here for the DIY instructions by Martha Stewart!

#7. Vegetables. Asparagus and kale look perfectly at home in these bouquets. Who would have ever guessed? The bouquet on the left is courtesy of Caroline Ghetes; the one on the right is from Sarah K. Chen.

#8. Paper Butterflies. This bouquet by Yumikuki on Etsy sets our hearts “a-flutter.”

#9. Wire. These bouquets are so unique. Crafted by Refinerii on Etsy, they are made of wire adorned with vintage crystals, pearls, and rhinestone buttons from old pieces of worn out jewelry.

#10. Doorknobs. Photographed by SimplyBloom, this bouquet is made up of doorknobs and drawerpulls from Anthropologie! (like this one)

#11. Berries. We LOVE the way berries look in a bouquet, whether mixed in with flowers or on their own. The image on the left is from Martha Stewart and the image on the right is from the Bride’s Cafe.

#12. Fabric. This elegant bouquet by Silver Sixpence is made of handcrafted fabric roses.

#13. Cotton. These images are actually from the same wedding that utilized the sola flowers in #3. Brandon and Kristen also included cotton bolls in her bouquet, his boutonniere, and their decor!

#14. Pinecones. This glittered pinecone bouquet would be perfect for a winter wedding. You can find DIY instructions here!

#15. Herbs. For those of you who feel like a bouquet just isn’t a bouquet without something fresh and green, what about herbs? Besides being budget-friendly, a bouquet made of herbs would smell soo good. The boutonniere is by InStyle Weddings.

Whether you mix non-floral objects with flowers, or go totally non-floral, these bouquets show that it can look absolutely stunning. There are so many more possibilities. We’ve seen bouquets that included seashells, buttons, ribbons, and maple leaves just to name a few.

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Comments

  1. Jessica @ Budget Savvy Bride — Friday, March 19th, 2010
    I'm doing a series of posts on this very topic right now! I love when brides think outside the box! :)
  2. lydia {ever ours} — Friday, March 19th, 2010
    yay for the kidds wedding! i got the chance to help out at that wedding and it was simply gorgeous in person. seriously.
  3. Carly — Friday, March 19th, 2010
    The cotton-balls are fabulous; what a unique idea. Just the right amount of vintage flair!

    Carly
  4. Sarah McGee — Friday, March 19th, 2010
    These are stunning! Thanks for sharing. Hope some of my 2010 brides are thinking out of the box!
  5. Cynthia — Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
    These are truly beautiful, thanks for sharing these great ideas! I wrote about using ribbon bouquets too as an alternative to floral ones on my blog a few weeks ago, you might want to check that out. :)
  6. Jacqueline | Merci New York — Thursday, March 25th, 2010
    I love that you ran this feature - I have a very good friend who so adamantly against floral bouquets... these are wonderfully chic alternatives for her! Thanks for sharing your great taste! ;)
  7. January Maisenbacher — Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
    Flowers and weddings are something I've always followed and I love the ideas you have. Thanks for sharing them. Back to surfing through your blog I go.

    Rachael West
  8. Amy — Monday, June 7th, 2010
    Hello,

    This is a very unique idea :) You give me some idea how to be unique on bouquets :) Thank you very much!

    Anyway, I love the butterfly one ;)
  9. Sandra Hopkins — Saturday, January 8th, 2011
    I do like your blog! And this post as well! I do love the photos of different bouquets that are uncommon. It's just a matter of creating a whole new set of junkies that could become a very exquisite bouquet.
  10. Nicole Smith — Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
    I am loving your blog! The bouquets look lovely and amazing. I wanna try it all out. Gonna change from bouquet to bouquet every hour. LOL. Glad to find your blog. I really do love it.
  11. Brian McKenzie — Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
    Oh wow, those are some pretty unique bridal bouquets - some look more like a work of art! I especially like the first picture.
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